The Second Sunday of Lent: The Mystery of the Transfiguration

by Fr. Kilian McCaffrey  |  02/22/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

The Transfiguration was the most astounding, amazing and mind-blowing experience for Peter, James and John. It again reveals Jesus as truly the Son of God. What glorious Light shines from the face of Christ as He gave a foretaste of Heaven and a vision of His hidden glory.

“After six days, Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And He was transfigured be-fore them and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.”

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The First Sunday of Lent

by Fr. Kilian McCaffrey  |  02/15/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

“This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

If today’s readings make us feel a bit uneasy and uncomfortable, this is a good thing! I say ‘good’ because it means that the readings touched on some fundamental truths about us and about our world. The world we live in is not perfect because of sin. Original Sin.

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Jesus, The Divine Healer

by Fr. Kilian McCaffrey  |  02/08/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

“I do will it. Be made clean.”

Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched the man. The leprosy left the man... and he was made clean.”

This famous passage tells us in very few words the entire History of Salvation: Jesus Christ’s hands are the hands of God reaching out to all humanity so that we may come out of the leprosy of sin, and come back to our place of peace and holiness near God. Leprosy was and still is a serious skin ailment, not necessarily leprosy of Hansen’s disease. What Moses prescribed is found the Old Testament Book of Leviticus (Lev. 14:17-20ff). When a person became afflicted, he or she first had to be presented to the priest, and then be declared unclean by the priest.

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Farewell Letter

by Fr. Williams Abba  |  02/07/2024  |  Images of Faith

After 25 years of hard work, I was exhausted and almost lost it. I needed a break. I needed a place to escape to and take a deep breath. I had spent 20 years of my priestly life helping to form priests for our local church. I was juggling time between a provincial seminary in the Middle Belt and the diocesan seminary/institute in my home diocese in Nigeria, and I had the most challenging task of designing the curriculum and ensuring that the seminary and institute complied strictly with what we designed as content for the training of local clergy and future leaders of church and state. We were in affiliation with a local university, and every so often, we touched base with the parent institution that was more than 200 miles away. These trips were frequent and numerous, sometimes weekly, sometimes bi-weekly. Mixed in with the constant travel, I had courses to teach in the seminary and pastoral work to do in the parish. I had so much on my plate, but I was determined to carry on. That was a typical routine for me for years. Because this went on for so long, I eventually hit a wall.

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Jesus Made House Calls Too!

by Fr. Kilian McCaffrey  |  02/01/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

We warmly welcome Bishop Eduardo Nevares who will celebrate the Croatian Mass at 11:30am Sunday Mass. All are welcome to attend.

Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock.” There is a famous painting that depicts Jesus knocking on a door. The door has no handle on the outside, because the door can only be opened from the inside, by the one who lives behind the door.

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Teaching With Authority

by Fr. Kilian McCaffrey  |  01/25/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

Jesus is The Word of God made flesh and His words are spoken with God’s authority. If we trust completely and give God authority over our lives and trust in His providence, He will take care of us no matter what. As Christian stewards, we follow Jesus’ commands out of gratitude for all that He has given us. We are more willing to live by God’s commands when we are motivated by love and gratitude.

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

by Fr. Kilian McCaffrey  |  01/18/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

Jesus Tells His First Disciples: “Come After Me, and I will Make You Fishers of Men.”

I can easily imagine James and John asking: “What have we signed up for here?” Last week, John the Baptist pointed out Jesus as the Lamb of God. Andrew, Peter and others were the first followers, disciples of Jesus. Today, we learn from St. Mark, who was St. Peter’s scribe, that “After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee” to begin His ministry of announcing the Kingdom of God. There was a transition from these disciples following John the Baptist to following Jesus. In other words, the disciples already knew who Jesus was and Jesus was aware of them.

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Second Week of Ordinary Time

by Fr. Kilian McCaffrey  |  01/11/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

After celebrating the Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord, we now return to Ordinary Time and immediately Jesus asks the first disciples: “What are you looking for?”

This time is far from ordinary, however. It is the time to follow our orders as Christians to go out to all the world and tell the Good News. Now the Voice of God, the Eternal Word Made Flesh, Jesus, was speaking to His first witnesses.

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The Solemnity of The Epiphany of the Lord

by Fr. Kilian McCaffrey  |  01/04/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

Epiphany celebrates the revelation that Jesus was the Son of God. It focuses on this great revelation to the Magi, the Three Wise Men.

On this day the Church celebrates the nativity of faith to the Gentile world. God brought the Magi to Christ… through the miraculous star… while a wonderful grace impelled their hearts and invited them to follow the star into another land… and there to adore a new-born King Who was God-Incarnate. The Magi came and adored Our Lord and they received the gift of grace that saintly Catholics have (Servant of God, Mother Mary Teresa Tallon, 1923).

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